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Heating Plant

The NDSU Heating Plant has the responsibility of a 24 hour, 365 days per year operation. The plant continuously generates and distributes high pressure saturated steam (100psi) for heating, cooling, hot water and cooking to all campus facilities in addition to serving external customers such as state, city and federal government buildings located on the NDSU campus. The Heating Plant generates the steam from coal as its primary fuel or usage of Natural Gas/Fuel Oil as a secondary fuel. The NDSU Heating Plant is staffed by 13 full-time employees responsible for plant operations, plant maintenance and repair, material handling, incinerator maintenance and repair, pressure inspection including code requirements, steam line distribution, preventive maintenance on lines including installation. In addition we are responsible for any environmental regulations related to air quality.

Heating Plant Facts

  • Two coal fired boilers with a total steaming capacity of 150,000 pounds per hour
  • Two natural gas/fuel oil boilers with a total steaming capacity of 160,000 pounds per hour
  • Generates 540 million pounds of steam a year
  • Raw fuel usage
    • 35,000 tons of subbituminous coal or 350 rail cars of coal
    • 50,000 MDF or Dth of natural gas
  • 8 miles of steam/condensate lines that delivers the steam for usage by our users/customers
  • 13 full-time employees

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7911 / Fax: (701) 231-8008
Campus address: Thorson Maintenance Center 100
Physical/delivery address: 1310 Bolley Drive, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 3200 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Facilities Management

Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2012 1:19:07 PM